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Posted on March 08, 2017
Steve Horney (yes, yes…that’s his real last name!) was a multi-sport athlete in high school. When he suffered a typical sprained ankle in his sophomore year, he realized he wanted to be able to figure out—and fix!—issues like that himself and for other players, too. His athletic trainer gave him the best advice he’d ever receive: Go to school and become a physical therapist.
Fortunately for his clients, he followed through and began practicing at the young age of 23. Starting out treating double-booking clients, he was able to see the multiple diagnoses and hone his craft. Now a seasoned and sought-after expert, he treats NYC athletes and enthusiasts not only as a sole practitioner, but also through his new group of diverse practitioners at Integrated Health Sciences. Read on for his helpful advice:
SBS: What is your specific approach to PT?
Steve Horney: I am, personally, a manual PT. That means I went after school, on my own time, to learn how to be better with my hands, mobilize joints, thrust manipulate and access trigger points. I chose to emphasize thrust manipulation (popping or clicking joints at low amplitude and high velocity to elicit a neurophysiological cascade) because when I was younger, I went to a chiropractor who did it. I found it so beneficial. Then, when I got my first job, the man I was replacing was a living legend. He explained the path I should follow…and I did.
By Nick English - November 25, 2016
“One way to remedy common problems is to vary the grip diameter by wrapping the bar,” says Steve Horney, DPT, CSCSC a physical therapist based in New York City. “That modifies the place of stress on the common origin of the flexor group.”
To warm up and lower the risk of injury, Horney recommends soft tissue work, like rolling a lacrosse ball, on the forearm, biceps and lats. Training the wrist flexors and extensors both eccentrically and concentrically is also a good way to prepare the area. He likes using a rubber bar to train the wrist extensors, as shown in the video below.
Dan "Nitro" Clark here. This weeks "Nitro's Friday 5" is all about recovery. We smash, bash, crash and abuse our bodies - now it's time for a few quick tips on recovery.
* Lacrosse Balls - These little inexpensive buggers are an essential deep tissue, trigger point recovery tool. I keep one in my office, house, car and in my luggage. Here is a simple video of how to use lacrosse balls for your lower back from Caroline Jordan. Special thanks for Physical therapist Steve Horney for sending over 2 dozen engraved Horney balls from his Integrated Health Sciences practice.